The Iannettilab (aka the GAMFI Centre) is a neuroscience research group led by Giandomenico Iannetti, and currently based at University College London, in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology.

 

Our research field is sensory neuroscience in humans. We investigate the neural processes leading to the perception of objects and events in the world around us. We have a particular interest in studying the nociceptive system and how its activation generates painful percepts. We are also interested in understanding the defensive behaviours triggered by dangerous sensory events happening around the body.

 

Our approach consists in combining psychophysics and different laboratory tools (brain imaging techniques like EEG/MEG and fMRI, EMG, microneurography) to provide a readout of the function of the nervous system at different levels, in response to stimuli belonging to various sensory modalities.

 

To activate selectively A-delta and C nociceptive fibres we use cutaneous laser stimulation (shown in the figures below and in this video) - a technique that we have been using and developing since 1998.

 

Our projects and group members are funded by The Royal SocietyThe Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Lee Wing Tat Medical Research Fund.

 

            

              Laser stimulation of the hand     Our group at the entrance of the UCL-NPP Department 

 

From 2006 until 2009 the lab was based at the University of Oxford (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics).

 

If you would like more information about the lab, or about joining the group, please email Giandomenico Iannetti (g.iannetti@ucl.ac.uk).